Rivendell’s serial number database is now up-and-running. If you’re a Riv owner, you can now register your frame using the form linked below. Your serial number is stamped on the underside of your bottom bracket shell.
As part of their 10th Anniversary celebration, Soma is hosting a photo contest. Prizes will include handlebars, saddles, tires, racks, and the Soma 10th Anniversary poster. Get all the details at the Soma Blog.
Transpo riders may not know this, but long before they went into building fully-outfitted commuters, Breezer got its start making mountain bikes. In fact, Joe Breeze is credited with building the first-ever purpose-built mountain bike clear back in 1977. That bike, dubbed “Breezer #1″, will be on display Saturday, November 5 from 1-3 pm at the Bicycling Hall of Fame Museum in Davis, CA. The Hall of Fame’s new mountain bike exhibit will open tomorrow in conjunction with the U.S. Bicycling Hall Of Fame’s annual induction ceremonies that same evening. Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Jacquie Phelan, Steve Potts, Ned Overend, and other mountain bike luminaries will be on hand for the event.
From the press release:
Breezer #1 is considered the first all-new mountain bike. The lineage of today’s mountain bikes is directly linked to it. Constructed by Joe Breeze in Mill Valley, CA in 1977, it was the first mountain bike with a new frame built specifically for mountain biking, equipped with all-new components. Previous mountain bikes were an assemblage of used parts, and were called “klunkers.
After this show, Breezer #1 will become part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Since 1986, the Breezer had been part of the Oakland Museum’s “California— A Place, A People, A Dream” exhibit, documenting sports and activities invented, created or popularized in California.
While the Hall Of Fame’s mountain bike exhibit will be showing through November, Breezer #1 will only be on view this Saturday, November 5, from 1 to 3 p.m as part of the Mountain Bike History Celebration. On the same day, many of mountain biking’s early pioneers will be on hand, including Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, Jacquie Phelan, Steve Potts, and Ned Overend.
Gates Carbon Drive has entered a three-year sponsorship deal with the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. As part of the partnership, Gates is hosting a design contest at NAHBS 2012 in Sacramento, CA. From Gates:
The Innovative Belt Drive Bike Design Contest will award $8,750 in cash and prizes to qualified independent frame builders who create the most innovative bicycles with Gates Carbon Drive for display at the Sacramento show. The NAHBS website features a link to the contest rules and entry information.
Contest entries will be judged on their sliding dropouts, belt tensioning systems, frame splits and other design factors. First prize is $5,000 in cash and prizes ($2,500 cash, 10 Carbon Drives valued at $2,500). Second prize is 10 Carbon Drives worth $2,500. Third prize is five Carbon Drives worth $1,250. Winning bikes will be displayed on the main awards stage on Saturday, March 3, and shown in the Gates booth on March 4.
Selle An-Atomica, makers of my personal favorite saddle, are coming out with a new model for riders over 200 lbs. From S-A:
You asked and we heard you. Selle An-Atomica Titanico X is the saddle for riders over 200 pounds. Less stretch, more comfort. A limited beta test of Titanico X is being performed prior to wide release. To apply to be a beta tester please fill out an application. The application deadline is Monday October 17th.
Prior to the saddles being widely released, S-A is offering a limited number for beta testing. If you’ve ever wondered about these unique saddles, here’s your opportunity to give one a try.
A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned Trek’s Cocoa, their new Dutch-inspired city bike. It’s also worth noting that Trek’s Belleville, Soho Deluxe, and Transport city bikes from last year are going to continue to be produced for 2012.
The Belleville is a vintage-inspired 3-speed with a porteur-style front rack, dynamo hub and lights, and internal gear drivetrain. This is a unique bike among their line-up and I hope they sell well next year so that Trek is encouraged to produce more bikes in this vein.
The Soho Deluxe is Trek’s take on what is becoming the standard speedy, belt drive commuter. For 2012 it will continue to be spec’d with an Alfine 8 internal gear hub and Gates belt.
The Transport is Trek’s version of the longtail cargo bike. It’s being marketed as part of the “Gary Fisher Collection”. I’m encouraged that we have a cargo bike being produced by a large company like Trek.
Trek has other urban bikes in their line-up, but these are the three that catch my eye. My take is that these are important bikes because they (perhaps) have a better chance of ending up in mainstream bike shops than similar transpo bikes from smaller manufacturers. And, of course, the more transpo bikes we have in neighborhood shops, the more likely people are to start thinking about bikes as something more than sporting goods.